Hey everyone, sorry for the length of time between posts but it has been a crazy week for us as we wrap up our ministry at Newton.
Last Tuesday was our last youth group night with our students. It was a very special time for us. Our youth leaders turned the night into a celebration of our time at Newton. It started with a slideshow of pictures over the past 5 years. Then they brought us up to the front and had an open mic time. Student after student came up and shared a funny memory (there were lots) or a story of how God used us in their life. One of the girls in the youth group got everyone in the youth group to write us a note or a special letter. We will always treasure those. Thanks for the Rosemary.
Then after they shared their stories they had a special gift for us. Among the youth group they took up a private offering for us that totalled almost $700. We were floored! We have developed a little tradition in our youth group that whenever someone leaves our youth group we gather around them as a group, lay hands on them, and pray for them, commissioning them as our missionaries. So they group gathered around us and prayed for us. Asking that God would use us to bless others the way they have been blessed by God through us.
Then we finished off the night crying more, hugging more, taking pictures and eating food. Kellee and I stayed up until 1:30 that night reading notes and letters, remembering great times, and just being so thankful that God brought us to Newton. What an unbelievable time it has been!
Here are some pictures of that night...
Me and Kellee cutting our cake.
Me rubbing cake in Kellee's face. She got me back though, that is why I look like a retard in the rest of the pictures. It's because I got a whole piece of chocolate cake mashed my way
Kellee, Emilee, Tammy, Katie, Rosie, Vanessa, and Amy
Me and my neice Kathleen
Me and my neice Kathleen
Me and Troy
Me and Joe
Me, Emilee, Kathryn, Clarke, and Matt
Me and Tammy
Me, Jessica, and Andrea
Me, Amy, Emily (she babysits for us sometimes too), and Kianna
Me, Rosemary, and Gareth
Me and Amy (i have a chocolate cake moustache thanks to Kellee)
Me, Cameron, and TJ
Me and Jessica Wiebe
Me and Matt
Me and Bethany
Me and Katie
I remember we started as a group of 12 disjointed students 5 years ago. Now they are loving, caring, Christ-centred community. Gonna Miss these Guys!
These were unbelievable times, and every students in this picture has a story about God, and we have had the privilege of being a part in those stories. They will not be forgotten, and my prayer for them is that they would always love Jesus, always love others, and always dream of how they can change the world. See you guys!
Soon I will be posting about our farewell Sunday and the retreat we just got back from.